The Upside Goes Straight to the Top

It seems that the King of the Seven Seas just got dethroned… by a mid-budget feelgood drama, no less. The Upside is an American remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables about a quadriplegic billionaire who can only be cheered up by the magic of the impoverished people. This comedy-drama features Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Hart (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Nicole Kidman (BMX Bandits). According to the Box Office Mojo, The Upside earned $20,4 million in its opening weekend while Aquaman sunk to second place with $17,4 million. However, Warner Bros and DCEU won’t be crying themselves to sleep since Aquaman officially grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

In the third place of the weekend box office is A Dog’s Way Home – a family film about a dog looking for a way home. This latest title in the popular subgenre of movies about talking dogs (voiced here by Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World) earned $11,3 million in its opening weekend. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in the fourth place with just a bit over $9 million. The top five list closes off with the horror flick Escape Room that earned $8,9 million.

Jason Reitman To Helm a Ghostbusters Sequel

If at first you don’t succeed/Try, try, try again. Entertainment Weekly revealed that Sony Pictures is planning yet another Ghostbusters movie. This one will be directed by Jason Reitman, acclaimed filmmaker of films like Thank You For Smoking and Juno. On top of that, Jason Reitman is son of Ivan Reitman who directed the first Ghostbusters film in 1984. Reitman also made comedies like Stripes, Twins and Kindergarten Cop. Aside of a 2020 release date, not much is as yet known about this new Ghostbusters film.

First released in 1984, Ghostbusters became an unexpected smash hit at the box office. The horror comedy about the misadventures of a supernatural pest control team featured Dan Aykroyd (Spies Like Us), Bill Murray (Caddyshack), Ernie Hudson (HBO’s Oz), Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Sigourney Weaver (Alien) and the late, great Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day). The success of Ghostbusters led to a 1986 cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters and an inferior 1989 movie sequel Ghostbusters II. In 2016, Columbia Pictures released an all-female Ghostbusters remake directed and co-written by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). While not as bad as the internet claims, this version failed to earn its budget back and did deserve its less-than-stellar reviews. Hopefully, nepotism and milking of nostalgia will make for a far more formidable combination.

Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Two Mission: Impossible Films

Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has just signed on filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct next two Mission: Impossible films. According to Variety, these two films will most probably be made back-to-back and released in 2021 and 2022 to avoid a clash with the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Continued collaboration between Paramount and McQuarrie is hardly surprising. Last year, McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout became the most successful film in the franchise by earning over $790 million worldwide. It was also hailed as one of the best action films of 2018.

Ever since the Mission: Impossible franchise launched in 1996, its star and producer Tom Cruise has maintained strong creative control over it. Initially, Cruise and the studio deliberately changed directors between films to keep the franchise feeling fresh, hiring the likes of Brian De Palma (Carrie), John Woo (Face/Off), J. J. Abrams (Cloverfield) and Brad Bird (Incredibles). Christopher McQuarrie got his start in the 1990s by working with the director Bryan Singer on The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Cruise and McQuarrie first collaborated on Jack Reacher in 2012. Since then, they formed an effective team, leading to McQuarrie first directing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015 and then Mission: Impossible – Fallout.